MUFON Communications Director
The study of UFOs owes thanks this past week to some current and former Pentagon members, a few Navy pilots, related former White House officials, and a rock star.
Even White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters December 19 that she’ll ask Trump if he believes in UFOs and will be “happy to circle back” on that.
If you’ve been living under a rock, the Pentagon admitted December 16 they were studying UFOs from 2007 to 2012.
And mainstream media is tripping over itself to get the story out often using odd choices for talking heads.
But let’s back up.
The only real news here is that the Pentagon admitted it was studying UFOs again from 2007 to 2012 – 37 years after they shut down their official Project Blue Book. But examine the subject closely from 1969 to 2017, and it was always obvious the U.S. government was studying and responding to UFOs.
Stop giving attention to the famous cases. We all know about Roswell and Rendlesham Forest and a few dozen other cases the media uses to hype the subject for a few column inches or a three-minute video report. Stop laughing or smiling when you introduce the subject on television. And someone tell the network affiliate producers to stop beaming up reporters at the segment’s end. Or using B-roll images of Mulder and Skully with the X-Files theme music playing. Been done to death.
Here’s a ton of information from MUFON’s November Journal on this very subject – UFOs and military intervention. These reports have been tracked for nearly 50 years.
MUFON receives between 500 and 1,000 UFO reports monthly and allows 90 investigation days. Roughly 300 of those monthly reports are eventually ruled as Unknowns – where the investigator could find no natural or man-made source for the report. Then look closely at the 300, and you will see about 20 to 30 cases monthly that start to get very, very interesting.
Welcome to the Cases of Interest.
Between 2012 and 2016, MUFON released an annual “Top Case” list that never included more than 10 cases annually. These are available at mufon.com under the “research” link by choosing “annual report.” The MUFON communications group spearheaded this year an expansion on that project that will list all selected Cases of Interest for 2017 in a published release expected to be available about July 2018.
In most of these cases, the object dropped under 1,000 feet – many under 500 feet – where the witness got an up-close look at the object. I am amazed daily at these findings.
The list is currently under construction, but here’s a peak at January 2017, where 43 cases are housed today. Some of these cases will eventually fall off and only the best cases will make the final list. These selected 14 cases were also previously published news stories as well.
January 2 – Case 81301. A Washington witness at Bonney Lake reported watching two triangle-shaped objects low flying with white and red lights.
January 2 – Case 81321. A New Mexico witness at Pojoaque reported watching a bright green, disc-shaped object less than 100 feet off the ground.
January 7 – Case 82029. A Pennsylvania witness at Camp Hill reported watching a circle-shaped light “the size of a house” hovering at the tree line that appeared to “mesmerize” both the witness and a dog - and may be related to "bite marks" that turned up on the witness’s arm.
January 8 – Case 81400. A Missouri witness at Ashland reported missing time after seeing a bright light first thought to be a passing truck.
January 8 – Case 81494. A Pennsylvania witness at Homer City reported being woken by the sound of a military helicopter and then saw a triangle-shaped object that seemed to cause a loss of time.
January 8 – Case 81407. An Indiana witness at Kouts reported watching a silent, disc-shaped object just 50 feet above the tree line.
January 9 – Case 81435. A Pennsylvania witness at Cheltenham, Montgomery County, PA, reported encountering a hovering orb that appeared to render both the witness and a dog motionless.
January 9 – Case 81450. A Great Britain witness at Gosport reported watching and videotaping three lights that formed a triangle low in the sky and making random movements before disappearing from view.
January 9 – Case 81932. An Idaho witness at Idaho Falls reported watching and photographing a fire-colored, shape-shifting object that seemed to silence natural sounds in the area when it passed over.
January 10 – Case 81945. An Australian witness at Melbourne Airport reported watching “two flying sticks” pass overhead while a New Zealand jetliner was landing.
January 11 – Case 81565. A North Carolina witness at Elizabeth City reported watching a triangle UFO hover under 500 feet over his vehicle.
January 13 – Case 82502. A Maine witness at Orrington reported watching two, silent, low flying, triangle-shaped objects.
January 18 – Case 81628. A Tennessee witness at Kingsport reported a slow moving, triangle-shaped object moving overhead.
January 18 – Case 81613. A Virginia witness at Chesapeake reported a triangle-shaped object flying at 500 feet that appeared to cloak itself and disappear.
MUFON is also working on grouping cases closed as Unknowns in many different ways – like type of witness. There are report files that narrow the witness to military, police or pilots, for example. Media might request cases specific to a city, state or region as well. Or by shape; or proximity to the witness.
Some cases also report missing time or an abduction – and there are separate report files that offer more details on the abduction cases investigated by our Experiencer Research Team (ERT).
Many interesting UFO cases have been profiled as MUFON Journal cover stories which allow more in-depth reporting.
Follow MUFON’s UFO News at mufon.com. In addition, there are other series available, including UFO Photos, UFO Videos, UFO Stats, and the Witness-Illustrated UFO.